13 Wonderful Things to Do in Marrakech

Updated December 2019

No guide can prepare you fully for Marrakech.

This is a city which moves to its own frenetic beat - and visitors can either go against it or try to find their place in its chaotic rhythm. Within the labyrinthine medina, an endless convoy of zip-zappy motorcycles will whizz past, leathery stall-holders will grab and yell and heckle to capture your interest, young men will follow and harangue with smiles on their faces but menace in their eyes, the modern world clashes with the medieval and scents and stenches unbeknown to you will strike at will. And then there's the heat; the cloistering, sweltering, sticky heat mixed with exhaust fumes and frying oil and tagine-tinged charcoal.


Not everyone will love their time here, but nobody will be able to leave this city without a sensory experience which stays with them for a long, long time. This is how we recommend you spend your days here and our pick of the very best things to do in Marrakech.


marvel at Ben Youssef Madrasa

In the world of Instagram, Marrakech is king.

However, we implore you to not allow your time in the city to be fully shaped by staying at the riad with 'that pool', visiting 'that spa', drinking at 'that cafe' - by all means experience those places, but don't restrict your experience of a wonderfully complex and textured city by following the photogenic footsteps of your favourite 'grammers.

但是,我们会要求您为奇妙的Ben Youssef Madrasa做一个例外 - 只是一次。

The fantastically preserved 14th-century former Islamic school is a fascinating representation of Moroccan design and architecture. Wander around the courtyard, inspect the ornate tiles and, if you're here early enough, bask in the tranquil silence. Make sure you take a trip upstairs to pop your head into the tiny rooms, once home to around 900 students, and then stick your head out of the wooden windows to gain an utterly new perspective on the skill involved in creating this place.

**Update March 2018: Unfortunately, the Madrasa is closed for refurbishment for the next two years**

哪里|Kaat Benahid, Medina

当|9am-7pm (6pm winter)

Price | 20dh

Maison de la photographie

Whilst we spent many hours in Marrackech side-stepping puddles and dodging thunder storms (one of the risks of a winter visit), it did mean that we made a point to visit the Maison de la Photographie. And, oh my goodness, we're so glad we did!

Housed within this small building is the sort of street photography and portraiture that take our breath away, including some beautiful shots from over 150 years ago.

If you have even a passing interest in art or photography, or want a snapshot into Morocco's traditions and people, this is somewhere you absolutely can't miss (it may even turn out to be one of your favourite things to do in Marrakech). We spent hours here - and not simply to avoid the rain. Just don't forget to make some time to enjoy a mint tea in the rooftop cafe, a spot with arguably one of the best views in town!

| 46街露天市场Ahal Fassi,读出na

当|10am-6pm (everyday)

Price | 50 dh (free for under 12s)



In Marrakech we opted for Souk Cuisine, which was an excellent decision.

A shopping trip in the local's markets with our gifted wallets of cash and giant shopping bags for the ingredients, then back to a beautiful riad where, along with the three local lady helpers, we learnt to cook a traditional four course meal which included some of the best food we've had in our two visits to Morocco. It was a fantastichalf-day experience这使我们的肚子充满了浓郁,但也使我们进入了马拉喀什的一部分,否则这些东西会仍然隐藏。

Further information | read about our Marrakech cooking class experiencehere, orbook a cooking class.

have an early morning coffee

The only time we felt we had control over Marrakech was when we returned to the city after our hot air balloon ride and took our morning coffee outside the riad.


On a little plastic table, with the sun yet to turn the city into a furnace, we took so much pleasure in seeing a different side to the city.

There is a strong (male-centric) café culture in Marrakech and, when it all gets too much and too hot, find yourself a table with a view and watch the myriads of scenes unfold before you.

Insider tip | After our five days exploring Marrakech, we rented a car and started our road trip to the Sahara Desert -在这里查看我们的路线.

get lost in the medina

In our view, there are three parts to Marrakech.

There is the medina (the old town), the new town which exists outside the city walls (and is home to the vast majority of residents), and then there are the islands of tourist luxury in the hotels and all-inclusive resorts and golf courses on the periphery.

If you want to have a full-on Marrakech experience, then it is the medina where you should spend most of your time.

You will, undoubtedly, get lost.

All of Morocco's medinas seem designed purely to bamboozle the visitor, to misdirect them, deceive them and unsettle them. Sometimes, this may result in a wonderful discovery of a shop selling thousands of lamps away from the masses, or it might direct you to a part of town where you don't feel welcome; this is the risk and reward of discovering Marrakech on your own.

Taste the freshly fried sugary doughnuts, try out your garbled French or Arabic, stop for that syrupy dark coffee on a sidestreet pavement cafe, and play with the kittens that seem to be everywhere. It's free, it's rewarding and it's the best way to truly understand the city.

Travelling by yourself or worried about getting lost? Consider taking a徒步旅行或者,如果您想冒险超越马拉喀什,请看一下multi-day group tour- a great option for solo female travellers.


Find out more - and make a reservation - here

barter for a bargain in the souks

Wrinkled berber men proffer thick hand-made carpets, young shop keepers offer iconic Moroccan lamps, countless stalls flog everything from wonderfully crafted ceramics to traditional leather shoes, handbags and jackets.

The souks (markets) of Marrakech are a place made for those that enjoy a barter and a bargain.

Not the sort of spot for lovers of pre-decided prices, uninterrupted browsing or swift shopping experiences, instead, the purchasing of gifts and homewares from these sheltered labyrinths is much like a courting dance, a little give and take, never showing all your cards at once. You'll almost certainly overpay at least a couple of times, but, in some ways, that's half the fun (unless you get properly ripped off of course).

The souks in Marrakech are bewildering to the uninitiated so keep your bearings, looks for the (well hidden) signs and try not too panic if it becomes overwhelming (which it sometimes can). Want some more information on the layout of the Marrakech souks? Readthis post. If you’d like a bit more insight or a guide, then this€9私人露天之旅is great value.


As the sun awakes from its slumber, rising up behind vast mountains and casting a golden glow over the Moroccan countryside, it's difficult to believe that here, you are less than an hour from the bustling streets of Marrakech.

We had never taken a hot air balloon ride before, but that morninga bucket-list adventure栩栩如生。

Who | We took our balloon ride with Ciel d'Afrique -book here.


Cost | 2050 dh

have a hammam

For those of you not entirely sure about what a hammam actually is, imagine this: a lot of nakedness, a soapy rub down, hot steam, a slightly aggressive exfoliation and an enthusiastic massage.

Settle down you at the back!

In Marrakech, having one of these is as much an integral part of the tourist experience as sampling a local tagine. Unfortunately however, after way too much research to try and find the perfect one, we left booking ours too late and couldn't get in to the hammam we were so looking forward to visiting on our last day - it's definitely top of our list if we ever go back!

现在,选择Hammam-Du-Jour很大程度上取决于您的预算。对于那些准备与当地人大致粗暴的人,您可以在整个麦地那(Medina)(通常远离旅游区域)上点缀着小锤子(通常远离旅游区),耗资约10 dh,并额外用于磨砂膏(15-30-30 dh)和按摩(50-50-100 dh)。

如果您想将船推出,并为游客提供更豪华的体验,请考虑一下皇家曼苏尔,La Mamounia,Heritage SpaorLes Bains de Marrakech. Just be sure to book in advance as, like we found out, they are incredibly popular.

It’s also possible to bookthis highly rated Hammam experienceeasily online.

admire the Koutoubia Mosque

In a world of looming high rises and shadowed streets, where cities swell and expand far beyond their intended limits, old towns can often lose a little of what makes them so special.


It's this decree which makes the Koutoubia mosque, located deep in the heart of the medina, such a tourist draw and standout landmark of the city. Off-limits to all but muslims, its minaret, visible from nearly 30 kilometres away, captures the eye and dominates the skyline.


哪里|Corner of Rue el-Koutoubia & Ave Mohammed V

当|Closed to non-muslims

find peace at the Saadian Tombs

丰富的橘子树,园林和出生dsong can be found in one of the most ornate mausoleums we've ever seen; the Saadian Tombs are proof that even in death, for some, wealth can truly live on.

This remarkable spot is the final resting place of Saadian Sultan Ahmed al Mansour ed-Dahbi as well as nearly 200 of his nearest and dearest. It was pretty much forgotten about until 1917, when aerial photographs revealed what his successor had chosen to hide.

一个奇妙的和平的地方,即使在忙碌的时候,当麦地那变得有些过多时,这也是如此。在陵墓中徘徊,惊叹于意大利大理石,纯净的金镀金和复杂的马赛克瓷砖 - 或者就像像流浪猫一样,他们叫墓葬回家,在阳光下坐了一会儿。


哪里|Rue de la Kasbah, next to the Koutoubia Mosque


Price | 70dh (it was 10 dh when we visited in 2018 - proof that Marrakech has significantly increased in popularity!)

visit el badi palace

Legend has it that on the day of El Badi's great unveiling, the Saadian sultan turned to the court jester for his opinion on the extravagant new palace. The jester's response? "It'll make a magnificent ruin.".


Built in the 16th century by Saadian sultan Ahmed el Mansour (yep, the same one responsible for the grand tomb), this famous palace, translated as 'The Incomparable', has been stripped of much that once made it so grand, the gold relocated to Meknes by the sultan's successor.


哪里|在我们看到的每张地图上都可以看到,只需穿过pl des ferblantiers,然后沿着城墙右转即可。


Price | 70dh (The Koutoubia Minbar costs an additional 10 dh - we wouldn't pay it again)

stay in a beautiful riad

尽管马拉喀什(Marrakech)内有几个美丽的度假胜地,但要真正了解这个几个世纪的旧城区,请选择one of the stunning riadswithin the walls of the medina. As well as being fantastically, uniquely Moroccan, they provide an aesthetic and tranquil oasis of calm - essential for any visitor spending a day or two in this city.

We spent five deliciously hectic days atRiad Porte Royale, and would recommend it to all who are looking for a fabulous riad experience without spending a fortune - readthis post了解有关我们逗留的更多信息。

Have no idea where to pick? Don't miss our pick of 'The Best Budget Riads in Marrakech'.

Look down on Plaza Jemaa el-Fnaa

We hated Plaza Jemaa el-Fnaa; in comparison to the beauty that can be found in Marrakech's medina, this was the ugly side.


Things to do in Marrackech - Jemaa el-Fnaa

Instead, we settled for another mint tea overlooking the square at one of the number of cafes with terraces - absolutely the best way to do it.

You’ll inevitably pass through a few times as your explore the city and by all means visit it, if only for the fried fish on offer at one of the many lively restaurant stands in the evening and cat calls from the waiters, but do not linger for long during the day - this is not the Marrakech you have come to visit.

This‘Taste of Marrakech’ evening experience, which takes you through the souks and then to dinner in Jemaa el-Fnaa, is a popular thing to do in Marrakech.

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